Iowa senior forward Roland Griffin claims that he punched an assistant coach in self defense, saying he was kicked off the team after the physical altercation last week.
According to Stadium, Griffin claims that punched Garfield “Ricky” Johns multiple times last Monday morning but said he did so in self-defense after Johns “tried to wrestle me down” following face-to-face verbal confrontation that occurred in the locker room.
“It was really heated, he eventually grabbed me by the jacket and tried to throw me down on the ground physically” Griffin said.” We were against the locker, wrestling against the locker. He was grabbing me and holding me.
“He tried to wrestle me down, and I ended up on top. I’m not going to let another man physically do that to me. I punched him four or five times, then I stopped.”
Johns was hospitalized with a head injury after the altercation, per the report.
“Iona College takes all matters of health and safety seriously,” the school said in a statement to Stadium. “We take every action necessary to ensure the well-being of the members of our community. The College does not comment on student disciplinary matters or student information.”
Griffin averaged 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season for Iowa.